Stuffed Jumbo Shells and Salsa Roja

This is a mixture of Italian and Mexican. I have grown to love salsa on almost everything. Salsa roja is made for enchiladas and tostadas but it goes great with any pasta dish.

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Ingredients for Jumbo Shells:

  • 24 jumbo shells
  • 1 Lb. ground beef
  • 15 Oz. ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 cps. mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cp. + 1/4 cp ¬†parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/2 cp. + 1/4 cp cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 eggs
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • salt

Directions for Jumbo Shells:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook shells following their box’s directions and brown the hamburger.
  3. Mix ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cp. of cheddar cheese, 2 whisked eggs, garlic salt, pepper, and salt in a medium size bowl.
  4. Rinse shells with cold water.
  5. Add the hamburger to the cheese mixture and mix together.
  6. Stuff each shell with the hamburger and cheese mixture filling the shell to the top but not overflowing and set the shells in a 9X13 pan.
  7. Pour in salsa between the shells into the bottom of the pan to fill the bottom with sauce. Shells are sitting on top of the sauce.
  8. Top the shells with 1/4 cp. cheddar cheese and 1/4 cp parmesan cheese.
  9. Sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper, and salt.
  10. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  11. Let cook for 15 minutes before serving.

Jumbo Shells

Ingredients for Salsa Roja:

  • 3 tomato romas
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cp. water from the pan they boil in
  • 1/2 t ground oregano
  • 1 t oregano leaves
  • 2 t salt

Directions for Salsa Roja:

  1. Cut across the tops of the onion and tomatoes making an asterisks on the top about an 1/8 of the way down.
  2. Place in a pan on the stove on high.
  3. Boil in the water until soft.
  4. Add a pinch of oregano leaves to the water.
  5. When they are soft, remove them from the water and place in a blender or magic bullet and blend while adding 1/2 cp. water from the pan, oregano, oregano leaves and salt. (If you only have one of the types of oregano that is okay. Just add a pinch more)
  6. Make sure it is all blended together. You will add this salsa to the Jumbo Shell pan.

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